Samu Pecz

Samu Pecz (born as Petz, Pest, 1 March 1854 – Budapest, 1 September 1922) was a Hungarian architect and academic.

Samu Pecz
Pecz Samu szobra a Szilágyi Dezső téren. Budapest. - FotoThalerTamas.jpg
Statue of Samu Pecz
Samu Petz

(1854-03-01)1 March 1854
Died(1922-09-01)1 September 1922
NationalityHungarian, German
Alma materVienna Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna
University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart
PracticeTheophil Hansen
Frigyes Schulek
Alajos Hauszmann
BuildingsMatthias Church
Pecz Samu Monument in Budapest


Pecz studied at a number of universities both at home and abroad in Stuttgart, later at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts under the Danish architect Theophil Hansen, the builder of the Austrian Parliament Building, Musikverein, and Stock Exchange buildings in Vienna.

Great Market Hall, Budapest
Unitarian Church, Budapest
Széky Palace in Cluj-Napoca
Tenement house on Nagyvárad Square, Budapest

After returning to Budapest he worked with Frigyes Schulek on the Matthias Church in Buda and later in the offices of Alajos Hauszmann. At this time he familiarised himself with Gothic architecture, particularly in church design. Later, Pecz worked in the technical university under Schulek and Imre Steindl and became a lecturer is 1887. He was 34 years old when he became the dean of the building faculty which he continued to be until his death. He designed numerous buildings in the historicist tradition, often employing Zsolnay tiles to rich effect.

Main worksEdit


  • Dévaványa: Reformed Church
  • Debrecen: Reformed Church on Kossuth Street
  • Nagyvárad (now Oradea, Romania): Lutheran church
  • Kolozsvár (now Cluj-Napoca, Romania): Széky Palace


  • District V: Unitarian Church and apartments on Nagy Ignác Street
  • District IX: Great Market Hall on Fővám Square
  • District I: National Archives building in Buda Castle
  • District I: Reformed Church on Szilágyi Dezső Square
  • District VII: Fasori Lutheran Church and Boys' gymnasium
  • District XI: Technical University Library on Budafoki Street
  • District VIII: "Gólyavár" on Múzeum blvd.
  • District IX: Tenement house on Nagyvárad Square


(in Hungarian)

  • Introduction to Greek stonework (A görög kőszerkezetek ismertetése) (Budapest, 1886)
  • On the development of ancient Christian architecture (Az ókeresztény templom-építészet fejlődése (Budapest, 1886)
  • On the building of Protestant churches (A protestáns templomok építéséről) (Budapest, 1888)